Posted November 29, 2015 08:23:07

Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a decree adopting a series of retaliatory financial measures against Turkey more than the downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border.

The sanctions are “aimed at making sure national security and that of Russian citizens” and incorporated a ban on charter flights between the two countries and on Russian organizations hiring any new Turkish nationals as nicely as import restrictions on particular Turkish goods, according to a text of the decree released by the Kremlin.

Earlier, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan had expressed “sadness” more than an incident which has severely strained relations, saying that “we want it had never occurred”.

The new measures come into effect from January 1, according to the decree which adds that “organisations below Turkish jurisdiction” will also locate their capability to operate in Russia curtailed.

Additionally, particular varieties of goods from the Turkish republic will be topic to “bans or limitations”. The list of impacted goods has not but been created public.

The Kremlin’s press service said Mr Putin had also instructed the government to “define a list of goods and solutions to which the financial measures against [Ankara] do not apply.”

It added that alongside “measures banning charter targeted traffic amongst Russia and Turkey” Mr Putin urged Russian tour operators to “refrain from proposing goods to Russian citizens involving a pay a visit to to Turkish territory”.

In addition, Turkish airlines will have to undergo increased controls in Russia “for safety causes”.

The decree also officially confirms that Turks will have to apply for visas to check out Russia, a move which foreign minister Sergei Lavrov had announced Friday.

Tuesday’s downing of a Sukhoi 24 jet on the border with Syria has caused a crisis in bilateral relations.

NATO member Turkey blasted the Russian jet out of the sky soon after claiming it crossed into its airspace and ignored several warnings to change course, but Mr Putin furiously denied the claims and demanded an apology which Mr Erdogan has rejected.

Mr Putin, whose government supports the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad whereas Ankara backs rebels fighting to topple him, described the incident as a “stab in the back committed by accomplices of terrorists”.

AFP

Map comparing conflicting flight path of the downed Russian jet Photo: Map comparing Turkey and Russia’s conflicting flight path of the Russian aircraft that was shot down, which Turkey says violated their airspace. (Reuters: SIN07)

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